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Age at which chicks can safely go outside............

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by drdoolittle, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Songster

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    I'm sure this question has been asked before, but I'll ask again. What is a good age to move chicks outdoors? I just got 4 SG chicks (I believe the youngest is 8-9 weeks old) and have a pen outside ready, but am wondering if they will be o.k. going out now, as they have no neck feathers? It is supposed to get down to 38 tonight.

    Realised I should have posted in Raising Baby Chicks. Went there and found my answer-----thanks! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011

  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    They can go outside safely the moment they have feathers - usually 5 weeks but it depends on the breed.

    Your's will be just fine outside.

    if you feel bad for them toss in a brooder light just in case they want to stand under it - but I bet they don't.

    Feathers are great!
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    What range of temperatures are they used to right now? I wouldn't take chicks used to steady brooder temps indoors and make them experience 38 degrees within 24 hours. They might be fine, but they might not. It's better to acclimate birds slowly to temperature changes.
  4. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Songster

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    They're fine----they hadn't had a heat source for a couple of weeks.

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